Roberto Mancini eyes Robin van Persie for Inter Milan

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Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini is interested in making Manchester United striker Robin van Persie his first big-name signing since returning to the San Siro, according to the Daily Express.

The Dutch striker is reportedly set to leave Old Trafford after officials at the club decided they couldn't afford to keep hold of him for much longer, and thought it would be best to cash in on him now, rather than keep him for a few more years.

The 31-year-old has struggled for form this season, and with Louis van Gaal set to sign a new striker in the summer, it's believed that he will allow Van Persie to leave the club.

Striker Competition

Whether United sign Radamel Falcao on a permanent deal or not is yet undecided, but according to reports this morning, Van Gaal is tempted to keep it as a loan deal, and then sign Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain instead.

If they were to sign Cavani, it's thought that they would sell Van Persie in order to get his massive weekly-salary off their wage-bill. The striker is one of the club's highest earners on around roughly £250,000-a-week, and if they were to sign Cavani, they'd be offering him a similar contract, so the plan is to sell Van Persie and give his contract to the Uruguayan.

Mancini Interest

This is the second time Mancini has shown interest in the Dutch international, as he was also keen on signing him for Manchester City from Arsenal.

However, United won the race for The Gunners captain after offering them £24 million, and he later went on to guide the Red Devils to their 20th Premier League title. Many people suggested that failing to sign Van Persie cost City the title and also cost Mancini his job, but the Italian doesn't believe that was the deciding factor.

According to reports, Mancini will wait until the summer to make a move for the striker, and it's thought that the offer will be around the £10m-£15m mark, which the Premier League side could accept.

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